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Roadside America, Shartlesville

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  • The attraction opened in the current building in 1953. It should be registered as a historic place. It reminds you of an attraction that would be found off of the famous, old Rt. 66! I visited as a yo...  more »
  • This is an amazing miniature village with running trains and trolleys, streams, buildings, churches etc. This must be seen to believe. And it is huge, plan to spend 2 hours minimum to see it all. I fi...  more »
  • Roadside America is easy to get to. It is a huge layout of model trains which will take you back. Every hour the lights change for a night scene and patriotic songs are played. Perhaps that is the bes...  more »
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  • This place was pretty amazing, I honestly wasn't expecting it to be since the place is so small but the little village was beautiful! This is a great place to take kids who love trains. I especially enjoyed the night view and music. My kids loved the trains and how they could control the trains or trolley with a push of a button, they did not want to leave. I love how detailed it was and the beautiful little pond with the fish, will definitely bring the kids back again.
  • We spent about 2 hours there as you can't see all of the details the first time around the perimeter. It's really amazing how much detail is in the exhibit. Well worth a stop. Even taking pictures, you can't capture it all but they have a little booklet in the gift shop that contains great close up pictures of what we weren't able to photograph well. We will visit again.
  • This is a one of a kind attraction. It has been around for over 80 years. It is a look back into history. I've been going to see it for 50 years.
  • I can't count the amount of times I've been here, but I know I'll never stop coming back. YES, it looks like it did when I was a child and the little show they do every half hour is exactly the same, but I really wouldn't want it any other way. I'm completely thrilled that they were able to raise money to fix the roof and hope they get many, many people to join on as members to help with upkeep. Every one of my kids has enjoyed it there as well, from when the oldest was very young (she's 27 now) down to the 10 year-old.
  • The display is decent, the story of the whole place and the man's life was pretty amazing. However it appears to have gone down hill, admission seemed a little high for the size of this display. Only two trains were running, on top of the site in disrepair, most of the streams were dry, buildings were clearly missing on the display, the one cabinet displaying some trains and one of his first buildings had paint peeling off the ceiling over the models he created. Night pageant wasn't too bad and the staff were rather friendly, let me back in since I almost missed the night pageant. Overall, if you are local, or passing through I'd say it is worth seeing, but don't go way out of your way for it